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i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me today. i do appreciate it. cnn continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >> hello, everyone. thank you, carol. two guns, a body and a bag of bombs all found in a dorm room on a college campus in florida. we are live in orlando in just a moment. also, send in the national guard. out of control wildfires are racing up the great smoky mountains of eastern tennessee. and lindsay lohan racing literally across the country to los angeles to a courtroom and hoping to avoid a fast track to jail. her hearing begins this hour.
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ticked ti ticktock, lindsey. the campus was shut down because deadly explosive s foun in a dorm room there were along with a dead body. joining me live from orlando is our affiliate central florida news 13. what exactly have police found there and who was this dead body? >> reporter: let me start by first telling you that definitely a crazy intense situation out here. i want to show you what's going on behind me right now. it doesn't look like a lot. this has been a very active scene since 12:30 this morning. that's when 500 students were evacuated from the tower one dorm room here on ucf's main campus in orlando after police responded to a student suicide that took place in one of the dorm rooms. the orange county bomb squad and fbi have been out here working with local law enforcement all morning long. campus officials say there's no
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threat to the campus community at this time but a spokesman describes this as a very sketchy situation. listen to what he says police found when they arrived at the dorm earlier this morning. >> a call came in about a fire alarm in tower one. on the way to respond to that, a 911 call in about an armed man in the tower. when police responded to the dorm room they found a victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. we interviewed people who had knowledge of the situation and during the search of the dorm room we found an assault weapon and emprovized explosive devices. >> reporter: a resident of the dorm found that handgun and assault rifle and we heard explosives were found in a bag. we also know the orange county medical examiner and the coroner just arrived on scene to remove that body. it is going to be quite some time before they allow students
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back into that tower one dorm. when they were evacuated very early this morning, they were first sent to the student union and then to the campus arena with just the shirts on their back. food and water was given to them. don't know when they'll be allowed back in that dorm. we do know the main campus here will be reopened in just under an hour around noontime so that afternoon classes can resume and we also know that ucf will make counselors available to students throughout the day. as far as the suicide victim, we don't know much right now. the only thing we know is that he was in fact a student here on campus. that's the very latest from ucf. i'm kristen kane, back to you. also happening in eastern tennessee, a massive and growing wildfire and just this morning a state of emergency. the fire has destroyed 30 cabins outside of the resort town of pigeon forge. one firefighter says they are "going like dominos" one after
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another. the national guard is bringing in black hawk helicopters now to help fight this spreading wall of flames. another wildfire in northern colorado whipped by stiff winds and destroying homes forcing evacuations. this happening over the weekend. the fire season is getting an early start in drought areas like this. and then to south carolina. here is a brush fire spreading to an apartment complex and destroying 26 buildings there as well. chad myers joining me from the extreme weather center. it seems like early in the season to be reporting on this many different areas with wildfires. >> when the winds blow, that's when we can actually see the wildfires pop up and that happened all weekend long. i tried to play golf this weekend and winds were blowing 60 miles an hour. i was using a driver on a par 3 to keep it out of the wind. the winds start wildfires. when they go, they go from cabin to cabin and cabin. that's what's happened all
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weekend from south carolina to tennessee to colorado and another storm system making low and high pressure significantly big winds today. >> not going to suggest that you can see that far into the forecast but there is one report saying these kind of fires is very bad omen for the whole season. why is that? >> we've been very dry. let me take you to what's going to happen today for pigeon forge. we'll be fine. a lot of rain coming in and wildfires in tennessee will be put out by the rain. the winds will be 15 to 20 miles an hour. look at where we've been here. this is the drought monitor for the past couple months. we've seen winds and rain across the east and that's good. the eastern half of the u.s. is now almost clear of the drought. you get from kansas, nebraska, oklahoma and texas to places where the winds happen and the wildfires happen back into colorado, utah and even wyoming and new mexico. that's where it has been dry. it's still dry. the drought is there. things are dying. trees are dying. grass is brown and wildfires start and when the winds blow,
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those wildfires spread very, very quickly. >> that's not a good looking map. all right. chad myers, thank you. want to check other top stories for you now. two people killed when their corporate jet crashed into a row of homes. it happened in south bend, indiana. two other passengers were able to survive this if you can believe it. a person on the ground was also injured in this wreck. national transportation safety board is already looking into this. another carnival cruise nightmare. it's over. the carnival legend docked in tampa, florida, yesterday after technical problems hampered its speed. carnival offered full refunds to all passengers. this is the third carnival ship to have major problems in just the past month. hundreds of hours are being wasted at work today and for the next few weeks as the ncaa men's basketball tournament bracket plays out. a lot of you and your co-workers are deciding today who will win this championship. happens every year. we get very excited.
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we lose a lot of sleep. even at the cnn center in atlanta the atrium is one huge bracket so visitors can keep track of their favorite teams. march madness is here and beginning tomorrow you can watch every game live on tbs, tru tv, this is huge. you get the idea. as we move on in the newscast, a girl is raped and two boys are going to juvenile jail. and one attorney general says parents, it is time to listen up. you need to tell your kids that rape is a crime, not a recreational activity. hear his plea coming up in just a moment. a new ride comes along and changes everything. the powerful gs. get great values on your favorite lexus models during the command performance sales event. this is the pursuit of perfection.
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while guards stood there and watched the jail break. it only took police a couple hours to track down the chopper, question the pilot and find both escapees along with two alleged accomplices. the whole gang is due in court today and unless spider-man comes they are in a lot of trouble. let's take you to arizona now. dr. richard samuels is testifying on behalf of jodi arias. he's had a lot to say. it's all about memory lapses and how they are understandable because arias suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. she admits to killing her boyfriend in 2008 but e says it was in self-defense. you can watch that trial today on hln and cnn.com. two teenagers accused of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl during a booze fueled night
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of partying in august learned their fate on sunday morning. the high school football players for steubenville's big red never took the stand but maintained their innocence throughout. the judge found them guilty on all counts. poppy harlow was in court for the entire trial and has the story. >> reporter: the mother of the 16-year-old victim spoke out for the first time since trent mays and ma'lik richmond raped her daughter saying this after court ended. >> it didn't matter what school you went to, what constituity yd in or what sport you played. human compassion is not taught by a teacher, a coach or a parent. it's a god given gift instilled in all of us. you displayed not only a lack of this compassion but a lack of any moral code. your decisions that night affected countless lives not only that of my daughter. this does not define who my daughter is. she will persevere, grow and move on.
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i have pity for you both. i hope you fear the lord, repent for your actions and pray hard for his forgiveness. >> reporter: the convicted rapists showing remorse after being found guilty. i would like to apologize to [ bleep ], her family, my family and the community. >> i would like to apologize to you. i had no intentions to do anything like that. i'm sorry to put you guys through this. i'd just like -- i just want you to realize that i am sorry. i know i ruined her life for life. >> reporter: the 16-year-old girl was raped during a series of late-night parties in august when she was drunk. >> the court is able to review the demeanor of the witnesses, judge their credibility, and weigh the evidence presented to
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the court. the court has done so in this case and it is the court's decision that both of the defendants are hereby adjudicated delinquent beyond a reasonable doubt on all three counts as charged. >> reporter: ma'lik richmond sentenced to a minimum of one year in a juvenile correction facility for rape. trent mays to a minimum of two years guilty of rape and of taking and distributing an illegal nude photograph of the victim. both mays and richmond will also have to register as juvenile sex offenders. prosecutors say the girl was so intoxicated she wasn't capable of consenting to anything. >> this case is about a 16-year-old girl who was taken advantage of, toyed with and humilia humiliated. it's time that the people who did that to her are held responsible. >> reporter: eyewitness testimony of teenage boys
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friends of mays and richmond and granted immunity was damaging. he videotaped mays performing a sexual act on the girl during a car ride between parties. and others testified they saw richmond do the same while she was laying naked on the floor. in the state of ohio this act performed without consent constitutes rape. >> there seems to be an unbelievable casualness about rape and about sex. it's a cavalier attitude. a belief that somehow there isn't anything wrong with any of this. >> reporter: text messages, tweets and photos were at the center of the trial. fellow teens vulgarly joked about the rape. song of the night is definitely rape me by nirvana. >> if that was my daughter, i wouldn't care. i would let her be dead. >> witnesses read text messages
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including this one about the victim from trent mays to a friend. yeah, dude, she was like a dead body. i just needed some sexual attention. there was no jury. this was a bench trial with visiting judge thomas lipps rendering the verdict because this was a juvenile case. poppy harlow, cnn, steubenville, ohio. >> so you heard the attorney general. you heard what he said about what kids think about rape these days. unbelievable casualness about rape. and about sex. this is just cavalier. will this be the case that changes that? after all, it is all over social media. we'll talk about that in just a moment. if you think running a restaurant is hard, try running four. fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business.
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want to get back to that verdict in the steubenville, ohio, rape case. guilty across the board. this case could impact more than just the victim or the two boys headed to juvenile detention or even the other people who could face charges if a grand jury that's planned decides to indict. this could also shake up teenagers all across the country, shake them into a reality. i want you to listen once again very closely to what the ohio attorney general, mike dewine,
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said right after those verdicts were reached. >> rape is not a recreational activity. we as a society have an obligation to do more to educate our young people about rape. they need to know it is a horrible crime of violence. it simply is not okay. >> and then there's the social media aspect of it all. prosecutors admitted that without those texts and those awful cell phone pictures they really didn't have much of a case. judge hatchet presided over one of the juvenile court systems in the country in atlanta before becoming a television judge and kathryn redmond is founder of the national coalition against violent athletes. judge hatchet, i thought of you immediately when i heard these verdicts and when i saw those kids and when i heard the reaction from the victim's mom
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and i wondered because this was so powerful and there was so much coverage on tv and social media, will this be the wake-up call that's needed for young people, many of whom you've seen come through your courtroom? >> absolutely. i presided over far too many cases like this. as i said last week, this really needs to be a teachable moment. i say that not just as a judge but as a parent that we need to have these conversations. no means no means no and that if an alleged victim is out cold as the judge found she was not in a position to give consent, we need to have these conversations with our young people, coaches and teachers and mentors particularly parents. this is a major problem throughout this country. >> you know, kathy redmond, you heard the judge say this needs to become a teachable moment. i know this is what you do. you go from school to school to
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university and you talk to students about these teachable moments. is this one of the most powerful teachable moments you might now have in your arsenal? something people will really listen to? >> well, it could be but i lean more on the pessimistic side because we've had so many teachable moments in this country. we had penn state as a teachable moment. notre dame as a teachable moment. kobe bryant as a teachable moment. nothing seems to get better. you still have schools and you still have coaches and you still have parents that cannot and do not talk to their kids. that do not use the right messages to talk to their kids. with i go in and i talk to these athletes and i talk to these coaches, the messages that they get from the media, the messages they get from entertainment completely contradict the law. so we're dealing with a society that really has no idea how to even address it and also thinks
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it's not going to be me. i won't be held accountable. it's not going to be my school. i'm more pessimistic because we have so many of these teachable moments and look what happens? we end up with steubenville and it will be another school. >> judge hatchet, answer this for me. what we're talking about are teachable moments and past teachable moments and kathy makes a great point. we've had many. many of those came before this explosion of social media and this thing was almost literally did come to light because of social media. that's why i wonder if this one might be different. >> i do think it will be different. i really understand your frustration and i understand the amazing work that you've been doing throughout the country. at some point we have to say it's got to get better. it has to get better. and so i tend to be on the side of optimism and hopefulness although i don't think it will change overnight. i think this case is very dramatic. the fact that it was open to cameras, which is unusual in
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juvenile proceedings and that people see this and see the affect that it has on the defendants as well as this victim in this case. i think we're going to -- >> great point. i wanted to mention the camera on ma'lik richmond. let's show this picture. he got up to address this girl and her family. he started apologizing as he walked toward them and he literally began to collapse in court. this is one of those big, powerful football players. perhaps to whom you refer where they are almost too powerful to or too strong to fail. you have an image like this. >> a few months ago we had an image of an oklahoma state basketball player do the same thing. we've had the images before. it's time that all of us as a society get behind and use
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messages that are consistent with the law rather than consistent with what the entertainment world tells us and with what the media tells us. it's time that we start focusing on the victims and devastation and damage it does to them instead of here are these boys, here's how it hurt them. you know, i think we've gotten off track when we stop thinking that men are the ones that we need to be talking to. that's who i talked to. i talked to so many men and the messages that they get are frightening. the messages they get, the expectations they have are frightening and social media has made it to where they're less socially adept and so now what we have to -- >> sadly, i have to wrap it there. i could talk about this case all day. this is what justice is supposed to do. it's supposed to be a deterrent for others. i'm sad to hear that. there was talk about those young men yesterday and not as much
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talk about the young woman and obviously she wants to remain unanimous for obvious reasons. good to see you. let's move to the grand old party for a moment. it's spending millions upon millions in hopes of recruiting young people to come to the republican party. find out who it is they're worried about in particular and how young people may not remember him. , like lobster lover's dream or new grilled lobster and lobster tacos. come in now and sea food differently. visit redlobster.com now for an exclusive $10 coupon on two lobsterfest entrees. [ male announcer ] we all have something neatly tucked away in the back of our mind.
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the president is expected to fill a key cabinet post today. labor secretary. his choice assistant attorney general tom perez. you're looking at live pictures. he'll play an important role as the administration takes on immigration reform. we'll take you live to the white house as this gets under way. this big announcement. the republican party has brand new marching orders from a new report from the rnc just released this morning on what
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went wrong in the 2012 election. it's time to follow the ideas of the nation's 30 republican governors and to modernize the message to people who are too young to have ever voted for ronald reagan. they're also going to implement a $10 million minority outreach program. and to that point, you might want to check out this brand new pew poll finding that 62% of american people think the gop is out of touch. when i say brand new, february 13th to 18th. this is something that the party leaders are openly admitting. joining me now is jake tapper anchor for "the league" debuting today. it's nice to see you. i want to ask you right off the bat. i said rnc is looking to nation's 30 republican governors and one of them who is extraordinarily popular, mr. chris christie, wasn't even invited to cpac. i'm sure i understand this.
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>> the governor of virginia wasn't who is conservative but shown that he's willing to work with democrats in the legislature there and that also has made him not popular among some party faithful. look, the truth of the matter is this is not a done deal what the republican national committee outlined today. people will say that first of all there's the minority outreach program that you talked about but there's another part that's very controversial and that's the desire to limit the length of the primary process, to limit the number of debates. many people in the republican party grassroots, many conservative activists think this is nothing more than an attempt by republicans in washington, d.c., the establishment, to force their candidates on the republican party without enough debate. so i think when it comes to whether it's reaching out to minorities, when it comes to issues, when it comes to truncating of the primary process, this is not a done deal
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because priebus put it out there for everyone to see. >> at 4:00 today, i've been watching your career as you have been doing mostly washington politics and i watched promos that say you like comiic books. >> it's a good thing i'm already married by the way. >> we would be clamoring at you. you have an interview with steven colbert, are you kidding? >> we're trying to make this very, very broad in terms of topics. smart coverage of course but broad. today on our show we have an interview with mayor bloomberg talking about the overturn of the oversized soda ban. we'll also have an interview with lebron james from rachel nichols and then we'll have a sit down with steven colbert. his sister is running for congress. her primary in south carolina is tomorrow. but also of course we took an opportunity to have lighter moments with mr. colbert.
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>> i can't give you advice. you're annual newsm actual news. if you did a comedy show, i could give you advice. >> i'm not doing a comedy show. >> i'll be the judge of that. we'll show what clips show up. don't be too funny because i don't want to have to pull my punches. >> reporte >> that's our sit down with stephen colbert. we'll have more later today on the show. 4:00 eastern. >> we are looking forward to it. if i haven't said it many times before, it's great to have you onboard here at cnn. thanks. next up, is this an effective crime fighting tool or is this just straight up racial profiling? critics are hoping the federal judge will really change up the nypd's so-called stop and frisk law. so now i can be in the scene.
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the tiny state in the european union is at the center of some major financial shock waves today and i'm not talking about greece. this is cyprus. cyprus is being asked to tax the savings accounts in people's banks at about 10% in exchange for 10 billion euro bailout from its eu partners. that's a first in the short but painful history of eurozone bailouts and it set off a weekend run on atms. people trying to get their savings out before taxes hit. banks are closed through wednesday to prevent a run. parliament is due to vote on that tax tomorrow. so how offensive is this. check out that salute. the nazi salute on the field of a professional soccer game in greece over the weekend and the player is actually doing this to celebrate a goal. that 20 year old was immediately admonished. look at the look at the face of
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his teammate. eke. in his defense he said he did not know this was a nazi salute. that he doesn't know politics. but he certainly has time to learn now because he's been banned for life from ever playing on his country's national team. a close call for louisiana governor bobby jindal on his way home from his son's soccer game when a truck sideswiped his car while making an illegal turn. governor jindal wasn't hurt but a trait trooper sustained minor injuries. the truck driver was cited for making that improper turn. new york city's controversial stop and frisk law is facing a court challenge starting today. the police say that the stop and frisk has cut the crime rate dramatically. the critics say it racially profiles minorities at far too great a rate. here's what we know about numbers. new york city police made 5 million stops in the last
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decade. more than half of them, 52%, were black people. 32% of those stops hispanic. only 11% of the stops were white people. if you look at the population breakdown it shows that the numbers are upside down because blacks and hispanics are each only a quarter of the population while whites are almost half. 44%. the numbers do seem to make a case for a class action suit if you look precinct to precinct. nypd says it actually represents the numbers of people who are actually cited in crimes. the number of minorities who are cited in crimes. joining me now, former juvenile court judge glenda hatchett and criminal defense attorney joey jackson. joey, let he will start with you. numbers are a tricky thing. there's fuzzy math. there's math that makes sense. there's math you can fudge. in this respect does math play into this case in front of the court today? >> you know, i really think it does. just to be clear, i know police have a very difficult job. we depend on them in large
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measure to keep us safe. they do a wonderful job. the question us wanting them to deter crime and stopping people inappropriately. when you look at the statistics, they are telling in a city of 8.2 million people the disproportionate number of people of color that are being stopped. if you stop people because there's a basis and legal justification, that's one thing. if you're not, that's quite another. >> so judge hatchett, the person who sort of was at the genesis of this case was a young african-american doctor. he was just stopped one too many times for his liking and ultimately this snow balled into a class-action case. without question anybody would say it's awful to be in his position. at the same time, the nypd says where they do the majority of these stops it so happens those are minority communities and that their argument would be should we not protect those
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minority communities from crime? >> i agree with joey. it's necessary. i understand that. what i'm concerned most about and i want to make sure that we all understand that the federal district judge today will not decide on whether this is legal or not but what the methods and should there be modification. bottom line, out of the 540,000 stops last year, only 10% of those resulted in an arrest and a few of those, even fewer of those, involved cases with weapons. so perhaps there should be some kind of modification. there should be more balance. the disproportionate number of african-american and hispanic is really alarming so we might -- i think that we should take a step back and see if there's a way that we can balance it so the community is safe but yet people's rights are being protected. >> joey, the judge makes a great point. 10% where they get arrests out
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of those people stopped but if you take those numbers and look at them in nonpercentage numbers, we had 419 murders in 2012 here in new york and back in the 1990s those numbers were in the 2,000s. that's dramatic. 10%. so again i bring up the math. glenda hatchett is clearly pointing out this will not stop. this process. it will just allow tailoring of the process. what can you do to tailor it, joey? >> the police will argue it's dramatic. murders are at an all-time low and it's because of the aggressive job that we do that this is taking place. what we have to look at is whether the ends justifies the means. we want murder rates to be low. we want everyone to be safe. we don't want people's constitutional rights and liberties to be affected unduly. what a judge can do is rule on the law. you don't approach people for discriminatory reasons.
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you don't profile. if you see there's a crime being committed or about to be committed or some other measure that gives you probable cause, you do what a police officer is lawfully entitled and expected to do. >> that line is very fuzzy. >> is it ever. you got probable cause, reasonable suspicion and then a hunch. that's where this gets really fuzzy. all right. thank you to both of you. i have a test for our viewers and i just want to throw this out there for you. what is lindsay lohan in for this time? she's due back in court this morning. we tried to remember what it could be. we looked up the things it might be. are you ready? allegedly punching a reader in a new york nightclub, a crash between her truck on a highway. allegedly hitting a new york restaurant worker and leaving the scene, stealing a necklace, dui arrest, driving on suspended
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hour. the charges she faces stem from our answer b. the crash on the pacific coast highway. she's charged with lying to a police officer, reckless driving and violation of her probation for a shoplifting conviction connected to this last year crash. if she's convicted of any of these charges, she could face another stay in jail. back with me now is former juvenile court judge glenda hatchett and criminal defense attorney joey jackson. i don't even know where to begin. when i looked at that list after our crack researcher charlie lee put it together, i was astounded. how many probation violations might this actually be, joey jackson? >> well, multiple. you know, first she has to find a lawyer because of course her new york lawyer he's not really versed in the laws as it relates to california. there was a california attorney who stepped in who i know.
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very good attorney by the way who could potentially represent her there and a judge will make a decision whether or not the statement she gave to the police which is basis for her lying since it was given at a hospital whether it's even admissible and then when you get past that, whether or not if taken as a whole it violates her probation. if that's the case, it represents more jail time. >> hold on for one second if you will. i want to add that she missed her flight last night and was in peril of not making it. i have to jump out of this segment for a moment. the president is pespeaking wit his labor secretary. >> so i want to begin by thanking hilda solis and her entire team. [ applause ]
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including acting secretary seth harris. [ applause ] for outstanding work they've done over the past four years. their efforts at the department of labor have given more young people a chance to earn new skills, more returning vets the chance to find a job, they've looked out for worker today i'm proud to nominate a leader to carry on those efforts as america's next secretary of labor, tom perez. [ applause ]
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like so many americans, tom knows what it's like to climb the ladder of opportunity. he's the son of dominican immigrants. he went onto become the first lawyer in his family. so his story reminds us of this country's promise, that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, what your last name is, you can make it if you try. and tom's made protecting that promise for everybody the cause of his life. as a civil rights attorney, an aide to senator ted kennedy, a member of the montgomery, maryland, county council. tom fought for a level playing field where hard work and responsibility are rewarded and working families can get ahead. and this is not the first time he's chosen to be a labor secretary either. we've got here today governor martin o'malley. and martin appointed tom as
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secretary of maryland's department of labor where he helped implement the country's first statewide living wage law because he understood minimum wage should be a wage you can live on. and current role as the head of the u.s. justice department and civil rights position he's fought to open pathways into the work force for everyone willing to contribute including people with disabilities, lgbt americans and immigrants. and he's helped settle some of the largest cases ever on behalf of families targeted by unfair mortgage lending. now, while he's tackled plenty of tough issues, tom's also spent a career as a consensus voter. he's worked with ceos, labor leaders, he's worked at federal, state and local government levels. and throughout he understands that our economy works best when the middle class and those working to get into the middle class have the security they need on the job, a democratic voice in the workplace,
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everybody playing by the same set of rules. tom's knowledge and experience will make him an outstanding secretary of labor. and there's plenty of work to d. we're going to have to work very hard to make sure that folks find jobs with good wages and good benefits. we've got to make sure that our veterans who are returning home from iraq and afghanistan have a chance to put their incredible skills and leadership to work at home. we need to build an immigration system that works for every employee and every family and every business. i'm confident that tom's going to be able to work to promote economic growth, but also make sure that that growth is broad based. and he's going to be an sbre gal part of our team. these are a few of the families are facing and where they need an advocate and tom's the right person for that job. so i hope that the senate will act swiftly to confirm tom so we can work together to address all these concerns. i want to thank not only tom but
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his wonderful family for agreeing to take on this new role. i just heard that tom has been coaching basketball and baseball. he doesn't claim to be a great coach. but he brings passion to it. he may end up missing a few of the games over the next several months, but it's going to be for a good cause and i appreciate his family being willing to make these sacrifices as well. so with that i would like to introduce my nominee to be our next secretary of labor, give him a chance to say a few words. again, i'd urge the senate to confirm him as quickly as possible. mr. tom perez. [ applause ]
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>> thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you very much. thank you, mr. president, for your confidence in me. [ speaking in a foreign language ] it is a remarkably humbling and exciting phenomenon to be here today. my parents taught my four siblings and me to work hard, to give back to our community and to make sure that the ladder of opportunity was there for those coming after us. over my career i've learned that true progress is possible if you keep an open mind, listen to all sides and focus on results. i look forward to taking these lessons with me if confirmed to my new role as secretary of the department of labor. as you well know our nation still faces critical economic challenges. and the department's mission is as important as ever. i am confident that together
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with our partners and organized labor, the business community, grass roots communities, republicans, democrats and independents alike, we can keep making progress for all working families. in the coming weeks as the confirmation process unfolds, i look forward to meeting with senators of both parties to discuss the labor department's key role protecting and growing the middle class. i'll close again, mr. president, by thanking you once again for this tremendous opportunity. [ speaking in a foreign language ] i look forward to this opportunity to continue serving our nation. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> tom perez, congratulated by the president. his spanish is impeccable because he's first generation dominican-american and he would be the only latino at this point
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